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Saagie Raises $28 million to Revolutionise Data Project Deployment

Manon Gueret - 05-juin-2020 10:32:13
Saagie , the French software provider, today announces a $28 million fundraising round with Crédit Mutuel Innovation, alongside NewAlpha Asset Management, Seventure Partners and AG2R LA MONDIALE. Historic investors Cap Horn, BNPP Développement and C.Entrepreneurs (managed by Cathay Innovation) also participated.   On the back of this funding the company aims to double its 90-strong team over the next two years, strengthen its leadership on the DataOps market, and accelerate international development.   “ We aim to build a French champion in data analysis that can really compete internationally.France has the ecosystem and expertise that will enable us to make this happen and this latestround of fundraising represents a key milestone for our company ,” stated Jérôme Trédan, CEO, Saagie.   In a context of widespread digital transformation, data enables businesses to anticipate and facilitate decision-making. Saagie is a software provider that orchestrates best-in-class data technologies to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects. The company promotes DataOps practices to manage the entire data lifecycle in an agile way, by reducing the technological complexity associated with data projects, and making multi-team collaborationeasier. Through Saagie’s DataOps Orchestrator, customers like the French Ministry of Armed Forces and Vallourec were able to launch their projects three times more quickly by placing data at the heart of their decision-making processes.   Today, all businesses worldwide require quick and agile delivery of data projects. In this way, Saagie’s offer has been made available through the main public cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and OVH Cloud - which means it can now be accessed and deployed globally.   “ In addition to their technological edge, we are confident that this fundraising round will give Saagie the upper hand in terms of data control to address public sector customers, ” stated Guillaume Dhee, Investment Director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation. “ As an evergreen investor, we are proud to have fulfilled our pre-Covid-19 commitments,” he added.     DataOps to accelerate data project deployment   DataOps is Gartner’s new ‘Hype Analytics’ trend. Based on DevOps and Agile practices, the approach aims to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects by managing the entire data lifecycle, from extraction to data visualization by final users.   “ DataOps is the missing link between innovation and control, data labs and IT. I created Saagie to cater for a real need within business - to be able to manage different technology platforms within a single data project more easily in order to increase productivity, ” comments Arnaud Muller, Founder and Executive Chairman of Saagie.     New investors to accelerate international development   Saagie plans to expand its presence in the US by recruiting sales and marketing experts and establish its leadership in DataOps worldwide.   Jonathan Cohen Sabban, Managing Director at New Alpha Asset Management, was “ impressed by Saagie’s expertise. We are convinced that their avant-garde vision will enable them to become a new data champion. ”   “ The fact that Saagie works closely with major companies such as Vallourec or Matmut attests to their importance in driving digital transformation within business. Seventure Partners is delighted to join this incredibly promising adventure, ” comments David Manjarres, Managing Partner & Head of Digital Technologies Team at Seventure Partners.   In addition, AG2R LA MONDIALE joined forces with Caisse d’Epargne, Matmut and BNPP for this fundraising round. “ Being able to more efficiently use data is key to digital transformation, and this efficiency relies on the ability to rapidly develop and deploy data projects on an industrial scale. It’s for this reason that we support Saagie’s development through our investment fund ALM Innovation, dedicated to innovation and R&D projects, ” stated Emmanuelle Saudeau, member of AG2R LA MONDIALE’s Group Management Committee in charge of the Digital & Customer Department.   This new financing round was structured by Benjamin Cichostepski and Gisele Esteves Guedes for Orrick, Benoît Lespinasse for Duteil Avocats, Matthias Collot for Exponens, and with the support of Alpha Capital Partners (Mark Oiknine).     About Saagie   Listed as one of the top 120 most promising startups by FrenchTech, Saagie is a software provider that   ccelerates data projects deployment by orchestrating analytics best-in-class open source and commercial technologies. Well established in France and now also present in New York and London, the company promotes DataOps practices to enable customers to automate, monitor and govern data projects through data pipelines.   Customers are then able to address numerous use cases and deliver continuous business value, regardless of their infrastructure or sector.     About Crédit Mutuel Innovation   Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the evergreen venture capital entity of Crédit Mutuel Equity (€3.5 billion in capital). We invest €1-20M in life science, digital and deeptech companies from seed to growth stages.We support bold and ambitious entrepreneurs to develop their growth potential with our worldwide ecosystems (our 350+ portfolio companies, our abroad subsidiaries, 150+ largest global corporates, and the best-in-class experts). Because it takes more than 5 years to turn a startup into a global leader, we invest our own equity and ensure durable partnerships with visionary leaders. Read more about us:  www.creditmutuelequity.com/en/     About Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale   Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale is a top-tier banking and insurance company in France, with nearly 4,440 agencies serving 26 million customers. It offers a diversified range of services to individuals, local professionals and businesses of all sizes. One of the strongest banking groups in Europe, its shareholders’ equity reached 47.1 billion in 2019 and its TCE1 ratio is 17.3%. More information on the website: www.creditmutuel.fr     About NewAlpha Asset Management   NewAlpha Asset Management is an asset manager specializing in the detection, investment, and support of rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies while offering institutional, French and international investor clients investment solutions in three areas: Active Equity Management, Absolute Performance Strategies, and Private Equity. Since 2015, NewAlpha has been developing a Private Equity organization in Venture Capital and Growth Equity. Within the third business, NewAlpha sources analyze and invest in capital for fast-growing companies characterized by major technological changes: Fintech, Proptech, Health, TMT, etc.     About Seventure Partners   With 750 million euros under management (net commitments) as of December 31, 2018, Seventure Partners is one of Europe’s leading players in innovation capital. Since 1997, Seventure Partners has been investing in innovative companies with high growth potential in two main areas of activity: digital technologies in France and Germany, and life sciences throughout Europe, Asia, Israel, and North America. Seventure Partners supports the development of companies from the initial financing stage and even as start-ups, to financing development-technology capital requirements, with investments ranging from €500K to 10 million euros per financing round, and up to 20 million euros per company. In 2016, Seventure Partners created Digital Opportunities Fund, an institutional venture-capital fund, to support innovative companies in Fintech, Retailtech, and Other innovative digital solutions. Seventure Partners is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers. Natixis is the financial services, management and financing bank of the BPCE Group.     About AG2R LA MONDIALE   Specialist in social and patrimonial protection in France, AG2R LA MONDIALE insures individuals,companies and branches, to protect health, secure assets and income, protect against life’s accidents and prepare for retirement. AG2R LA MONDIALE is a partnership with equal and mutualist governance, and cultivates a unique social protection model that closely combines profitability and solidarity, performance and social commitment. Every year, the Group devotes several million euros to helping vulnerable people and supporting individual and collective initiatives.

France’s 2019 FDI Report: a record year for UK & foreign investment in France

Manon Gueret - 03-juin-2020 17:50:15
UK investment projects in France increase by 46% and job creation by 140 %.   The United Kingdom was the 3 rd leading investor in France in 2019 and the 2 nd largest creator of jobs, accounting for 12% of investment projects and 15% of jobs created or maintained.   France takes number 1 spot for FDIs in Europe for the first time according to the 2019 EY attractiveness Barometer.   The 2019 Report of international investments in France, published today, reaffirms the confidence of foreign and British investors for France.   “ France was the most attractive country in Europe for foreign investors in 2019. Our economic policy is showing results; now we should continue in this direction. These foreign investments are a chance for employment, our economy and our regions. We have all the advantages to emerge stronger from the coronavirus crisis, ” said Bruno Le Maire, the Minister for the Economy and Finance.       UK Investment in France   As the 3 rd largest investor in France, after the US and Germany, the UK stands out with the most significant increase in the top 10 investor countries in France.   173 British investment decisions in France were recorded in 2019, creating or maintaining 5,927 jobs, 15% of the nationwide total from foreign investment. British companies were the leading contributors to increased investment projects (+46%) and jobs generated (+140%) in 2019.   In 2019, France was the leading European recipient of British job creation investment, attracting 24% of British projects in Europe, ahead of Germany (17%) and Spain (10%).   British investments in 2019 primarily involved opening and expanding retail outlets (40% of projects; 43% of jobs). Decision-making centres , mostly first-time investments, accounted for 21% of British investment decisions and 11% of jobs created.   The year was also marked by takeovers of ailing production/manufacturing sites by British investors, enabling jobs to be maintained across the country. British investments in production/manufacturing were responsible for 28% of all jobs recorded.   Sector-wise, the wholesale/retail sector made up 33% of British investment projects and 28% of jobs, while software/IT services contributed 11% of projects and 11% of jobs. British investments also represented a quarter of all projects in the financial services/banking/insurance sectors and 19% of jobs   Nearly two-thirds of British investments were made in 4 regions: Ile-de-France (Paris region) (29%), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (12%), Occitanie (11%) and Nouvelle-Aquitaine (10% ).  More than 1,800 British companies operate in France, where they employ 185,000 people.       Foreign Investment in France   Globally, France attracted a total of 1,468 new foreign investment decisions in 2019 , an increase of 11% compared to 2018 (1,323 decisions).  Jobs created or maintained in France by investments from foreign businesses also jumped 30%, creating 39,542 jobs in 2019. On average, 28 investment decisions were recorded every week in France last year.   A large majority of the investment projects identified in 2019 are already underway, or have already been completed, which already serves as a solid foundation for France’s FDI balance sheet.   French industry remained the main beneficiary of foreign investments (new sites and expansions), with 26% of all investments and 380 projects in 2019, up 19% from 2018. Production/manufacturing activities remain the leading contributors to international investment in terms of jobs, with 13,814 positions (including 10,099 jobs created and 3,715 jobs maintained, up 22% compared to 2018). This equates to 35% of total employment in the sector. Aerospace and railway equipment manufacturers (21%) and the automotive industry (14%) took the lion’s share of investment.   R&D and engineering activities accounted for 22% of international investments , with 157 investment decisions, compared with 129 projects in 2018 (up 22%). Jobs associated with the creation and expansion of R&D centres rose by 35% in 2019, with 3,775 jobs, compared with 2,793 jobs in 2018.       For more information, please contact Penny Atkinson | penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr | 020 8132 4589   About Business France   Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the development of French companies in foreign markets, as well as promoting international investments in France. Business France also promotes the creativity and innovation of French companies, demonstrating how French talent extends beyond borders and throughout the world. businessfrance.fr     Case studies: recent cross-channel investments   ARM, UNITED KINGDOM The leading British technology group ARM has strengthened its presence at its R&D site within the Sophia Antipolis technology park near Nice (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region). The group has hired 200 additional highly-qualified employees over 3 years and developed a new-generation 6,000 sq. m. campus.     GFG ALLIANCE, UNITED KINGDOM Since entering the French market in 2018, upon purchasing the largest aluminum electrolysis plant in Europe, the GFG Alliance group has established itself as a major industrial player in France. Following successive acquisitions, GFG now employs more than 2,000 people in France across 7 industrial sites. Among its investments in 2019, GFG took over Durisotti, the country’s 2 nd largest industrial coachbuilder, including its 3 sites spread across France. The group also acquired 2 vehicle-component suppliers in Poitou (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), saving 600 jobs.     COMPUTACENTER, UNITED KINGDOM The British group Computacenter, leader in infrastructure services and solutions, strengthened its presence in Occitanie in 2019 with the opening of a new service centre in Perpignan, in addition to its existing Montpellier site.     PARTNERS CAPITAL, UNITED KINGDOM This British management company, which handles more than US$23 billion of assets, opened a European office in Paris in 2019 in anticipation of Brexit and to further develop its operations in Europe. The Paris office serves clients based in continental Europe and handles funds of more than €4 billion.  

An unbreakable smartphone? Global launch of Athesi professional’s new smartphone range

Manon Gueret - 20-févr.-2020 16:57:20
The go-to manufacturer for durable, resistant mobile phones for professionals working in extreme conditions,  Athesi  is now set to be the go-to for all smartphone users. They are launching their new range of 3 high-spec, rugged, waterproof Android smartphones models, the  AP5701, AP5801 and AP6301 (previously due to take place at  Mobile World Congress ).   No need for a case! Sleek, light & efficient, Athesi’s new smartphone range is set apart by its incredible resistance to damage and rugged credentials: Able to withstand multiple drops onto concrete from heights of 1.5m Waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes MIL-STD-810g & IP68  and IP69K certified Fully functional in extreme temperatures : -30° Each model comes with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase SOS feature : close all your apps to limit consumption and extend the battery life to send an emergency message with your location every 10 minutes   An Athesi Professional phone is designed for those in non-desk jobs, those working outdoors, athletes, or even just people who are clumsy, or don’t want their phone to break from a single shock. The phones have up to 128 Gb ROM to provide massive storage for photos, movies, music & documents.   “I’ve run out of battery” is no longer an excuse Not only are they dustproof  and waterproof (IP68 rating), limiting damages and breakages common in popular smartphones but also offer practical solutions: Equipped for wireless charging Long-lasting batteries, allowing days of use without charging   3 models for 3 sets of requirements  The 3 models are designed to cater for 3 different budgets, with prices ranging from around £200 for the cost-effective AP5701 to up to £700 for the more advanced AP6301. The AP5801 range sits in the middle, at roughly £400 per model. Despite being the least expensive model, the AP5701 can run for 600 hours in standby mode and for 23 hours of talk time. With a 5.7” touchscreen, & an easy unlock system via a side-set fingerprint sensor, this phone is designed for anyone looking for a cost-effective, durable & resistant smart phone.  The mid-range model, the AP5801, has a 5.8” touchscreen with features for sporting as well as harsh or outdoor environments. This innovative model can detect volatile organic compounds, including man-made and natural chemical compounds that are harmful to health. It enables professionals working in hazardous environments to avoid breathing in too many harmful gases from, for example, recently renovated rooms, or contaminated outside air.  What’s more, the AP5801 includes an inbuilt heartrate sensor, which allows users to measure their pulse, which is particularly useful for sportspeople. At the top-end, the AP6301 with a 6.3" touchscreen, goes a step further, with a unique feature: an integrated FLIR LEPTON professional thermal imaging camera. It locates heat sources and transforms them into a thermal image that can be seen and measured, f acilitating the work of the mobile technicians and helping electricians to safely inspect electrical cabinets and detect malfunctions. It is also equipped with a  high-quality 48 Sony Megapixel  camera complete with night shot mode camera, and a 20 Megapixel  front camera.   The mid-and-top models are powered by the AI Master Helio P70 Octa-core processor and run on a powerful 6Gb RAM, which ensures that Athesi Professional phones are high speed and responsive.   More information can be found on Athesi’s website,  www.athesi-professional.com , and the phones will also be available to buy on Amazon UK Marketplace.   For more information, please contact  penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr .  

France to make waves at Oceanology International 2020

Penelope Atkinson - 19-févr.-2020 15:36:51
French specialists in oceanological industries are expanding their expertise across emerging industrial sectors. Alongside the traditional marine-based sectors (transport, fishing and seafood, naval and nautical industry, submarine cables & energy resources), French companies continue to innovate and lead the way, across areas including biotechnologies, renewable energies & mineral resources. Their latest technologies will be at the fore on the French Pavilion at  Oceanology International  in London, from 17 th  – 19 th  March 2020.   The French marine technology sector offers a great many advantages With a maritime surface area of 4.2 million square miles (11 million sq km) 97% of which are in France’s overseas territories, the French maritime economy has the 2 nd largest global maritime space and Europe’s leading seaboard. It is thus unsurprising that France are leaders in the maritime trade. France’s marine industry is made up of 4 major groups: shipbuilding, marine renewable energies, nautical industries & services, and offshore operations. It is ranked 6th in the world , & 2nd in Europe for shipbuilding  (sales of £9.5bn in 2018), and as for Renewable Marine Energy , its energy recovery potential is among the largest in the world (cumulative sales of £408 million in 2017). In the field of Ports/Maritime Transport , France is ranked as the 5 th European port power , with 7 major maritime ports with high-quality infrastructures and modern facilities.   Game-changing innovations at Oceanology International In 2020, French companies continue to innovate and lead the way in the maritime sector. On the French Pavilion at Oceanology International, visitors can meet cutting-edge companies , including Unseenlabs who develop, produce and operate innovative surveillance technology. Specialised in detecting of electromagnetic emissions, the company has developed to a unique electromagnetic intelligence solution capable of observing maritime traffic, even without a cooperative beacon . They have planned to ambitious launch of between 20 – 50 satellites, starting this year. Waves’n See , the coastal video monitoring company, will also be part of the French Pavilion. Their solution optimises the management of sedimentary resources and anticipates coastal risks, with customised settings : automatic shoreline detection, sand volume & bathymetric changes, wave parameters (height, period, direction). Clients benefit from continuous and remote data acquisition to optimise beach nourishment operations:  identify and locate recurrent & critical sand deficits, evaluate the efficiency of coastal defences, anticipate critical sediment levels, and monitor the impact of extreme events.   Oceanology International - a must for French experts Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, is once again organising, in partnership with the Brittany and Mediterranean Seas clusters, the French pavilion at Oceanology International, the world’s leading exhibition for oceanology and marine science and technology. The diverse and innovative nature of the French expertise is reflected on the pavilion, which is made up of 25 exhibitors. Come and meet French suppliers keen to meet key decision makers, seek out partners & showcase their innovative products and technologies to foreign businesses within the industry, exhibiting at the Business France pavilion, stands K200, L200 ,L300 and Q291!  

Skillogs to launch international bachelor of culinary arts via acarya, their ai-powered vocational online learning platform at BETT 2020

P Atkinson - 28-janv.-2020 12:23:08
  London, 28/01/2020: After a busy start to the 2019-2020 school year with more than 10,000 French students joining their digital learning platform, Skillogs is expanding internationally to train learners across Europe at Bett 2020 (stand SR40). Skillogs have adapted their ACARYA digital learning platform for the UK market & will be launching it at the show, alongside their new International BA in ‘Culinary Arts & FoodTech’. A new era of education: for ages 6 to 99 Skillogs’ digital learning platform, ACARYA, aims to bring an end to chapter-based e-learning, and identical MOOCs for everyone thanks to its adaptive learning approach. Using data analysis, ACARYA distributes individual curriculums to each learner , giving users an arsenal of tools to identify the problem areas. It uses this data to constitute homogeneous groups, optimise time, & give exercises according to the levels of each learner. ACARYA analyses questions & identify all relevant segments of the course related to that question. Skillogs’ innovating EdTech with international ambition The EdTech start-up is launching its international bachelor’s in culinary arts & "FoodTech" and is looking for international partners. An EMEA Vocational and Culinary tour will take place in Autumn to launch this 100% online course, piloted by Artificial Intelligence and the best trainers and experts across EMEA countries.   A trusted partner for expansion Skillogs’ platform is a respected vocational training tool in France. C3 Group , a major vocational training provider based across the Channel, has entrusted the start-up with all the digital content for their Associate Degree courses. It is currently used by over 350 students using 800 hours of lessons that are now 100% online. The company has seen greater student engagement as well as increased student satisfaction (+5%). Such is the success of this partnership that C3 will roll out the solution to 2,000 students at the start of the next school year. Dedicated to upskilling, a key partner for businesses ACARYA users can acquire over 13,485 skills . Whatever the curriculum, it is integrated into ACARYA’s e-learning platform, and the content is adapted to each student: from coding to sales, foreign languages to catering & more. Vocational training & employee upskilling can be make-or-break for modern businesses, with a UK national survey showing that 70% of respondents indicated that job-related training and development opportunities influenced their decision to stay at their job . This figure was even higher among millennials, at 87%. [i] ACARYA has proved a success in France, where Skillogs’ customers range from vocational centres & universities to businesses. The importance of upskilling employees for businesses is not to be overlooked and is shown to have a positive impact on the bottom line. According to a survey by the Association for Talent Development, companies that offer comprehensive training programs enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spend less on training . [ii] A long-term research project commissioned by Middlesex University for Work Based Learning found that from a 4,300 workers sample, 74% felt that they weren’t achieving their full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities. [iii] What’s more, 40% of employees who don’t receive the necessary job training to become effective will leave their positions within the first year, entailing recruitment costs and loss of production. Vocational training & upskilling, as offered by Skillogs, can be key contributing factors to a company’s success. A Skillsoft survey from the UK shows that roughly two-thirds of the workers stated that they felt workplace training should continue throughout their career , regardless of their seniority. [iv] Find Skillogs on the French Pavilion at stand SR40 at Bett 2020. [i] https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236438/millennials-jobs-development-opportunities.aspx [ii] https://businesstrainingexperts.com/knowledge-center/training-roi/profiting-from-learning/ [iii] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842 [iv] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842  

France’s agri-food industry continues to shine with R&D and innovations

P Atkinson - 03-déc.-2019 15:14:48
Agri-food is France’s largest industrial sector with 61,000 businesses, 570,000 personnel and annual revenues of €185 billion. However, the industry is not resting on its laurels, and French agri-food professionals are innovating across the industry. In France, 69% of the agri-food industry innovates , a figure which is 9 points higher than the average for the country’s manufacturing industries (INSEE, CIS survey). France boasts a strong R&D ecosystem , and is home to INRA , IRSTEA , and The French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) , as well as 15 agro-industrial technical institutes, The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) , and 11 innovation clusters.   R&D & Innovative change The results of this rich R&D environment are being felt throughout the country. In the last 10 years, foreign investment projects in agri-food have increased by 77% [1] , and the country has seen a move towards organic farming & smart food. The industry is modernising and continually adapting to demand. For example, the Digital Farming Association brings together innovative players from the agricultural industry. These include Weenat , supplier and manager of meteorological and agricultural information through connected sensors; Naïo , whose agricultural robots help farmers weed, hoe and harvest in an environmentally friendly way; and Carbon Bee , which has developed a hyperspectral camera for agricultural drones.   Growing organic France has the largest agricultural area in Europe (29 million hectares) and is Europe’s top agricultural producer, thus is considered a leader in the agri-food industry worldwide. From 2015 to 2018, the organic food market in France grew by 64%, and is the 2nd largest in Europe, worth €9.7 billion in 2018. In late 2018, there were 61,768 farms involved in organic farming, representing 14.3% jump from 2017. French organic exports, valued at €707 million, grew by 12% in 2017. [2]   Smart food choices at the fore Many innovative projects have already emerged under the “smart food choices” banner, which focuses on new, sustainable forms of food . Examples include the Algolife algae production and processing facility and the success of Novolyze , recognized for its innovation and expertise in the food safety market.   French innovations on show at Food Ingredients Europe Food Ingredients Global trade fairs are key dates in the calendar for in the food and beverage industry for professionals around the world, and so French exhibitors are a key presence at these events to meet premier suppliers and buyers. At Food Ingredients Europe in Paris this week over 100 French companies will showcase their most innovative culinary products.   [1] https://www.plateforme-attractivite.com/wpcontent/uploads/2018/12/INFOGRAPHIE_AGROALIMENTAIRE_UK_PROCOM_DAPE_2018_10_19.pdf [2] https://www.plateforme-attractivite.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/10-PTS-CLES-AGROALIMENTAIRE-2019-Fili%C3%A8re-Bio-UK.pdf

European Utility Week (EUW) 2019, Why France?

Catherine Ryall - 11-nov.-2019 14:59:51
This year’s European Utility Week is taking place in Paris, following its selection as European Capital of Innovation last year by the EU. It is “an ideal location as it is not only on the doorstep of French industry, it is also easily accessible for the increasing number of power and utility companies from across Europe […]", says EUW director Paddy Young. Smart Grids in France Whether it is the production, distribution, consumption or storage of energy, Smart Grids play a key role in adapting electricity networks to energy transition. Within a global market estimated at €30 billion, the French smart grids sector represents €6 billion in turnover, half of which comes from exports (Source: Think Smartgrids 2018). France also exports more electricity than any other country in Europe after Germany (51.7 TWh from 2017-2018) (Source: RTE, 2018). There are over 150 active Smart Grids projects in France. 4 regions have launched major projects: ·                     Southern France Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ( Flexgrid ) ·                     Brittany & Pays de la Loire ( Smile ) ·                     Northern French Hauts-de-France ( You&Grid ) A healthy ecosystem: large groups and smart start-ups In addition to the country’s several international groups in the electricity sector, such as EDF and Engie , the 2 largest electricity producers in France, the French Smart Grids industry has many talented start-ups. They operate in fields as varied as communication protocols, the prediction of photovoltaic energy production and the measurement & control of electrical consumption in buildings. Competitions dedicated to young start-ups, such as Cleantech Open France or EDF Pulse , encourage innovation. These large groups and start-ups are made up of a competitive engineering workforce that has benefited from high quality training. The country has a growing number of Smart Grid oriented degree courses at institutions such as Grenoble INP , ECAM-EPMI , CNAM and EISTI . Investment in France’s Smart Grid sector R&D receives €100 million in investment a year in France. The country comes 2 nd in Europe for financing pilot projects. •         Japanese firm, Toshiba, has co-developed the Lyon Smart Community project with the French city of Lyon. •         Californian company, Cisco, which specialises in network equipment, has invested $200 million in French start-ups, particularly in the smart grids sector. •         Itron, an American specialist in technological solutions for energy and water companies, has 7 production sites in France. Meet over 60 French exhibitors representing the expertise and sheer variety of companies in the sector The French Pavilion at the EUW & POWERGEN Europe trade shows will extend over 550 m² of exhibition space. It will be a showcase of French leaders in energy efficiency, from successful regional projects to start-ups, ETIs, SMEs, large groups. More than 60 French companies will be on & around the French Pavilion to showcase the country’s smart energy ecosystem looking to achieve a smooth transition towards a low carbon energy supply (Hall 1, at the show entrance). The business activities of a selection of the French Pavilion exhibitors at European Utility Week 2019 are explored in more detail in our press pack (available on the French Pavilion Hall 1, stand H80 or upon request). For information about the French Pavilion, please contact: Business France – Hall 1, stand H80 Sophie Issovits, Head of Electricity & Smart Grids Projects sophie.issovits@businessfrance.fr Tel: +33 (0)1 40 74 39 85   For further information about this press release, please contact: Business France UK, Catherine Ryall, Senior Press Officer catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7154 1239 / +44 (0)7834 167 720
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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